Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission Announces Arts E-Grants Applications

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission has announced that the 2013 Arts E-Grant Guidelines and Applications are available for download from the commission’s web site.

All applicants must be Middlesex County-based, not-for-profit organizations or municipal groups.

All forms, guidelines, ADA regulations and instructions can be found on the Commission’s Web site at: http://co.middlesex.nj.us/culturalheritage under Arts Grant Forms. A CD version is also available and may be requested by calling the commission at 1-732-745-4489.

“These grants are a great way for us to support all types of programming throughout the County,” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the county’s Business Development and Education Committee. “Each grantee provides such unique and special arts programming and education that help us reach so many of our residents.”

An Arts Grants Workshop will be offered at 6 p.m., Sept. 18 at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway, for prospective applicants.

For anyone who needs additional assistance completing the Arts Grants application, a Help Clinic is available at the Commission’s office by appointment only on Sept. 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Sept. 26 and 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The purpose of the grants is to support established groups and to assist emerging arts groups while encouraging artistic excellence. New applicants who present outstanding proposals and previous applicants, who demonstrate new and innovative programming ideas, have an equal chance of receiving funding.

Grants for specific programming are awarded as Program Grants and Mini Grants. All applicants must be Middlesex County based not-for-profit arts groups, community groups, municipal cultural organizations, or institutions of higher education. Organizations that develop project components to assist the individual, professional artist that result in the creation of new works, may also apply for funding under Artistic Innovation, as part of a Program application. GOS (General Operating Support) Grants are designed for more established, professionally managed, Middlesex County based not-for-profit groups, constituted exclusively for the purpose of the arts. Municipal arts/cultural groups, institutions of higher education, libraries and other broad-mission groups may not apply for GOS grants.

All Arts E-Grant applications must be submitted on-line no later than midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Signature pages, ADA forms and all support materials must be postmarked or brought to the Commission office, 703 Jersey Ave, New Brunswick by 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12.

For more information regarding Arts Grants, to register for the Workshop or Help Clinic or to request a CD, please call Rosalyn Neal, Associate Director of Arts Grants and Services, at the Commission, 1-732-745-4489 (voice), 1-732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the NJ Relay System.

East Jersey Olde Towne Village and the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission office are fully accessible sites. The program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “I encourage groups to apply for these grants so that we enhance the cultural offerings for all our residents. There is so much talent, so much creativity in Middlesex County and this is a great way to ensure it gets recognized.”

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